1.30.2004

These Awkward Things

1
Not all fish
Are created equal
And when minnows
Latch onto us,
Practically jumping
Into the boat,
Sometimes it's best
To throw them back.

2
How does it feel
To sever an infant
Flower from its birth
To display in a vase
For a day or two,
Knowing you've begun
Its slow
And agonizing death?

3
People who live
In antique shops
Shouldn't tickle other's
Porcelain dreams
Or behave in ruffian manners,
Especially when
The value of their antique days
Is being appraised for auction.

4
We speak along tangents,
Sometimes parallel,
Sometimes askew,
Always simply fingering
That fragile ball of glass
With a feinting touch,
Like Adam reaching
Into distant ceilings.